Friday, October 7, 2016


This Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7 – 9pm!
Seattle Central Library

The Washington State Book Awards recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children's and teen literature published in 2015 and penned by a Washington writer. The four adult literature categories are: poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults. The Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award honors a children’s picture book and one book each for early readers (ages 6 to 8), middle readers (ages 9-12), and young adults (ages 13 to 18). 

We’ll begin the evening in the Microsoft Auditorium for the awards ceremony where we’ll announce the winners and hear brief readings from the winning titles. A reception, book sales and signing will follow in the Central Library Living Room on Level 3. Both the awards ceremony and the reception are free and open to all. 

A panel of independent booksellers and librarians will select the finalists and winners. Finalists will be announced in mid-September.

The Washington Center for the Book administers the annual Washington State Book Awards (formerly the Governor's Writers Awards), given for outstanding books published by Washington authors and to bring attention to the quality of writing being produced in Washington. Books are judged on literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality of the publication. 

For more information on the awards, criteria and previous winners, please see the Washington State Book Award page.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Note: The Library will close at its regular Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for the $7 weekend rate. 

The authors of the award-winning books and the illustrator of the picture book will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi, The Elliott Bay Book Co., Third Place Books, and University Book Store. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Happy Reading!

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